August 2012

Looking for teaching materials for group learning?

August 16, 2012 02:40

I have recently be asked to present my Vamoosh materials to a captive audience at Kent Music in the UK. This is a lovely opportunity to gain feedback and ideas from many teachers. I was however, billed as having written music for all instruments at the beginner level (not just strings). Though I may have mentioned my intention to expand the series at some point, I hadn't reached that point to yet. The workshop would involve teachers of all instruments expecting to play together to experience the pieces first hand.

After a moment of panic I got working on what will be a collection of pieces for group instrumental teaching that combines strings, recorders/flutes, clarinets/trumpets and guitars. Not an easy task, especially where transposition instruments are concerned. The plan is to produce affordable books with CD that contain around 25 pieces (enough for the first year), that will overlap with each other, providing teachers with an opportunity to combine groups for concerts, at the same time as providing quality individual teaching material.

This is of course not an original concept, but the need for new material of this kind is continuing to grow as the El Sistema effect spreads across the world.

Thank you Kent Music for getting me off the sofa!

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